Archive for August, 2009

Posted in Beijing, Musing, Study Abroad China 2009-2010 with tags , on August 31, 2009 by foundmeinchina

I have been in Beijing for four days now. Just a few hours ago, my internet was set up. I can now empathize with all of those 19th/early 20th century Chinese who were hopelessly addicted to opium–I cannot live without the internet.

北京到了!

Posted in Beijing, Photo, Study Abroad China 2009-2010 with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 29, 2009 by foundmeinchina

Hello from the Capital. Beijing is to Los Angeles as Shanghai is to New York. The nearest subway station is farther than the distance of two stops in Shanghai, but I guess that makes sense, given that Beijing is some three times bigger than Shanghai. Additionally, everything is more spread out, the crowds are more sparse, and you can’t seem to walk down the street without some tourist-type asking you to take pictures of them in front of some famous building. I like how it feels like home.

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Jiuzhaigou/Huanglong

Posted in Huanglong, Jiuzhaigou, Photo, Study Abroad China 2009-2010 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2009 by foundmeinchina

This whole trip to Chengdu (成都) was originally made in order to visit one of China’s most famous tourist attractions: Jiuzhaigou (九寨沟). Whether you know it or not, you have seen pictures of Jiuzhaigou. Every tourist brochure, every book on China, and even parts of Jet Li’s Hero (英雄) all have photos (film) of Jiuzhaigou. Originally, I was going to throw this in with the Chengdu post, but I figure it is important enough (and more importantly, picture-laden enough) to warrant its own post.

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Chengdu

Posted in Chengdu, Photo, Study Abroad China 2009-2010 with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2009 by foundmeinchina

I have been in China for almost two months. That being said, I have just arrived here. I read before hopping on the plane across the world that Shanghai is China-lite; it is too modern, too fast-paced, too polluted with dirt, trash, and foreigners, to truly convey that tradition-meets-the-modern-world feel that embodies China. I assumed that whoever wrote that was another holier than thou expat with a superiority complex. Continue reading

Chengdu: Home to the National Treasure

Posted in Chengdu, Photo, Study Abroad China 2009-2010 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2009 by foundmeinchina


It hates noise.

We went to the Panda Breeding Center yesterday. On a tour. With a bunch of foreigners. We heard many things, most of them to the effect of “I am vehemently against keeping animals in small cages, but this is for their own survival, so I will step down off of my soap box now.”

I beg to differ.

Any animal that won’t screw to save its own species is making a pretty obvious statement, I think. Ironically, we saw many many pandas humping things other than fellow pandas. Reminds me of seventh grade, when it was cool to hump things that weren’t girls. They are cute as all hell, though.

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Bells

Posted in Chengdu, Photo with tags , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2009 by foundmeinchina


IMG_1229, originally uploaded by jubbis18.

The costumed girls supposed to be playing these were instead standing around picking their noses. Literally.

Guardian of the Three Heroes

Posted in Chengdu, Photo, Study Abroad China 2009-2010 with tags , , , , , , , on August 22, 2009 by foundmeinchina

IMG_1170, originally uploaded by jubbis18.

Taken at Liu Bei’s tomb, Chengdu, China.